Shire Hall takes home two awards from the South West Tourism Awards

“We couldn’t be happier!” Shire Hall was recognised for its innovative and inclusive approach at the South West Tourism Awards.

The team from the Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester travelled to Aerospace Bristol, the new home of Concorde, to be part of the celebration dinner on February 7th.

The judges awarded the team a Highly Commended award for their work on Access and Inclusivity at the museum on High West Street, Dorchester. But they had to wait until the night to find out if they had won the prestigious Gold, Silver or Bronze award in the Tourism Innovation Award. They were up against the likes of the SS Great Britain in Bristol.

The awards recognise the best tourism attractions across the South West and this year saw 651 entries from across Avon, Wiltshire, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and the Isles of Scilly.

There were cheers as the judges announced Shire Hall had won silver for Tourism Innovation.

Harriet Still, Events and Exhibitions Manager at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, said: “We couldn’t be happier to win this award. From day one we have aimed to challenge people’s perceptions of what a museum is and how they can experience it. This award is a tribute to all the hard work which has gone into making Shire Hall a unique tourist attraction.”

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